B.C. Flooding forces 4 Indigenous communities to evacuate

B.C. Flooding forces bands to evacuate. A train bridge at the Nooaitch Indian Band - this photo was taken as band members evacuated. (Photo by Lenora Starr) See story page 3

Extreme weather causes evacuation orders for B.C. First Nations By Turtle Island News staff Four B.C. First Nations have been forced to evacuate after torrential rain caused mudslides, flooding and rockslides forcing highway closures in B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Southern Interior that began Monday. The four First Nation bands are near Merritt , British Columbia. The First Nations Emergency Services Society website listed evacuation orders for Shackan Indian Band, Coldwater Indian Band, Cook’s Ferry Indian Band and Nooaitch Indian Band. The Nooaitch Indian Band passed a band council resolution to evacuate IR #10 stating concerns that the flooding Nicola River may put the main bridge at risk. In a Facebook posting, Cook’s Ferry IB Chief Christine Minnabarriet said chief and council had declared a local state of emergency. Evacuation orders…

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